Kosher wine production is undergoing a renaissance of sorts, yet the framework and guidelines for its production have changed little, and while kashrut law, or Jewish dietary law, can seem very complex, its regulations toward wine production can be distilled into a few key points. See what they are when you keep reading.
Whether or not you're celebrating the Jewish New Year, there's reason to give kosher wines a try. Until a few years ago, the Sabbath-observing were limited to little beyond the syrupy Manischewitz, but in recent times, kashrut wines have gone through quite the makeover.
While there is quality kosher wine being made in America, some of the most intriguing wine hails from the homeland itself, in regions such as Israel's Galilee. To show you some of the variety that's coming out of Israel right now, our office previewed a number of wines from Yarden. Keep reading for our tasting notes.
Wine plays an important role at Passover. During the reading of the Haggadah, each person is supposed to drink four glasses of kosher wine. At an informal, nontraditional dinner, I recommend pairing each course, the soup, entree, and dessert, with a different Kosher wine.
A bright, zesty Savignon Blanc works well with matzo ball soup. One worth seeking out is Hagafen Prix Reserve 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($27). With the salmon and spinach-and-matzo pie, pour a light and juicy red like Abarbanel Pinor Noir. For dessert, offer a late harvest Zin such as Herzog's 2008 bottling.
If you insist on pouring the more classic Manischewitz, consider making it into a spritzer. What will you be drinking on Passover? Please share your suggestions below!
To make your Seder dinner extra special, consider selecting a specific wine to pair with each course — just be sure to choose wine that is kosher. Start the meal off with a dry minerally Chenin Blanc from Baron Herzog Cellars. A crisp white will complement both the green salad and matzo-crusted trout. Pour a Sauvignon Blanc — like New Zealand's Goose Bay winery's bottle that's highly regarded, affordable, and kosher — with the matzo ball soup. For the main course, choose a smokey, fruity Shiraz from Teal Lake. For dessert offer a kosher muscat by Mony winery.
What wines will you be sipping on Passover? Share your favorite bottles with us below!
Wine plays an important part of the Passover dinner known as the Seder. According to the tradition of the Haggadah — the book you read throughout the meal — one is supposed to drink four glasses of wine, which should be kosher. Besides kosher wine, offer guests sparkling or still water. If you prefer to serve a signature cocktail — steer clear of alcohol made from grains — and use a plum brandy or potato vodka.
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